• Senior Product Development Scientist

    Job Locations US-CA-Bakersfield
    Job ID 2018-1094
    # of Openings
    Research and Development
  • Overview


    We're Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the plant-powered food and beverage company of the future. Our mission is to innovate delicious plant-powered foods for mindful nourishment. We're led by beverage visionary Greg Steltenpohl, crafting, concocting and cold-brewing beautifully bottled goodness from the San Joaquin Valley. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of warrior Queen Califia, the goddess of bounty and abundance who ruled over the mythical island of California. We make our daily decisions using these five core values: Do, Learn Improve; Act Like an Owner; Challenge the Status Quo; The Bottle is Half Full; and Using our Sixth Sense (being conscious of our impact on others and the planet).

    In a snapshot:

    • Founded in 2010
    • 250+ full time staff and contracted employee
    • Headquarters in Downtown L.A. Arts District and Manufacturing in Bakersfield, CA
    • We believe in Shared Leadership where team members are heard and leadership is broadly distributed
    • We are committed to our people and to our communities' sustainability



    The Senior Product Development Scientist will be responsible for leading new product and process development for Califia Farms portfolio of plant-based beverage products. He/She is accountable for delivering new and exciting prototypes and process technologies for scale-up and commercialization of naturally tasty and nutritious products that meet the needs of Califia Farms’ environmental and socially conscious consumers. The Senior PD Scientist is expected to leverage their technical expertise and project management skills to successfully deliver innovation and technology projects to the agreed upon objectives with a sense of urgency and cost consciousness. He/She is also expected to proactively assess new ingredient and process technologies for their potential to deliver innovative new product platforms and competitive insulation for Califia Farms.




    Product/Process Development (approximately 70%)

    • Emphasis will be on the development and management of new plant-based food products and processes for Califia Farms categories of Plant Milks, Cultured Products, Juices, Cold Brew Coffees and Creamers. Characteristics of importance:
      • Hands-on experience and strong interest in the development of new products is essential – from concept development to final product
      • Ability to define important key development issues and to execute rapid prototyping. 
      • A self-starter and strong team player wanting to work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
    • Conducts internal sensory evaluations to determine acceptability of product
    • Creates and maintains formulations, product specifications, processes, and testing procedures
    • Conducts lab experiments and line trials within the manufacturing facilities to ensure accuracy of process and quality of product
    • Stays current on new food processing technologies
    • Collaborates with Marketing to develop new products that match targeted consumer preferences
    • Proactively identifies and drives awareness on product improvement, cost reduction and efficiency improvement opportunities across our core product portfolio.
    • Effectively executes and delivers assigned projects aimed at improving top line sales and/or gross margins across the Califia product portfolio

    Project Management (approximately 30%)

    • Experienced project manager, well versed in working with management, marketing, sales, operations & production to assure product development timely progress and the co-ordination & execution of new product launches, including:
      • Rapidly resolving “roadblocks” in product development & product launches
      • Confirming that labeling conforms to FDA/USDA standards
      • Providing or determining regulatory inputs for new products




    • Master degree or higher in Food Science/Technology or Chemical Engineering (with significant prior experience with food processing)
    • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills in prior R&D and Product Development roles


    • A minimum of 10 years of experience in significant new food product developments and the successful commercialization of new food products


    • Prior experience in working with plant based products not essential, but familiarity with plant-based ingredients and processing is desired
    • Prior experience working with aseptic beverage processes and other thermal processing and pasteurizing technologies for ESL beverages and food products


    The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.



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